Saturday, May 23, 2015

Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus 2015 Spring Luncheon Recently Held at Belo Mansion {Society Pics}

Luncheon chair Liz Pasquinelli, with honorary chair Diane Sealy, welcomed attendees to the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus 2015 Spring Luncheon benefiting Nexus Recovery Center on April 23rd at the Belo Mansion.
Jason Gillette, Lauren Gillette, Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus president

The luncheon began with a VIP reception and meet-and-greet with featured speaker and New York Times best selling author Koren Zailckas. As guests then entered the ballroom for lunch, mistress of ceremonies and Fox4-TV’s weekend anchor, Jenny Anchondo, welcomed patrons before introducing Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus president Lauren Gillette.  Ms. Gillette extended her gratitude to everyone for their support of the luncheon before sharing the role of the Women’s Auxiliary in raising funds, awareness and volunteer support for the important programs for women provided by Nexus Recovery Center.
Liz Pasquinelli, luncheon chair, author Koren Zailckas, Diane Sealy, honorary chair
 Attendees enjoyed a seated lunch of chicken breast with Herbs de Provence over field greens with artichoke, orange, shaved fennel and goat cheese with lemon-herb vinaigrette.  As dessert of parfaits was served, former Nexus client, Katie, moved the audience with her own personal story of recovery at Nexus Recovery Center, her life now that she has been sober for five years, as well as her plans for her bright future with her daughter.
Joanna Iliff, Ashley Reid
Koren Zailckas, candidly shared her experiences as written in her highly regarded book, Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, a riveting account of her personal story of alcohol abuse as a teenager and college student. As the luncheon came to a close, chair Liz Pasquinelli was joined on stage by Ms. Gillette as they announced Lindsay Billingsley as the lucky winner of diamond and amethyst flower earrings donated by Robin Bagwell.
Proceeds from the luncheon will support Nexus Recovery Center’s programs and ongoing mission to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction.

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